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World Cup over for Babatunde?

2014-06-26 13:03
Michael Babatunde (Supplied)
Michael Babatunde (Supplied)
Cape Town - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi doubts whether Michael Babatunde will feature again at the 2014 World Cup after suffering a suspected broken hand.

The 21-year-old midfielder was struck by a ferocious shot from Super Eagles team-mate Ogenyi Onazi during Wednesday's 3-2 defeat to Argentina which jarred his hand and wrist.

Babatunde appeared to be suffering and left the pitch on a stretcher before being substituted on 66 minutes with his team trailing for the third time in their final Group F match.

The African champions went on to qualify for the last 16 after finishing runners-up to La Albiceleste, who topped the group with three wins.

However, Keshi revealed that the youngster is likely to undergo surgery on his hand, which will cut short his participation at the tournament in Brazil.

Keshi told reporters after the game: "I think he's got a broken hand and is going to get surgery as we speak. I'm not sure he's going to play again in this World Cup. It's not good."

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